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tonight on "world news," tarmac terror. what went wrong, the biggest jumbo jet in the world clip as tiny plane, spins it like a top. is air travel getting more dangerous? our reporter takes a turbulent ride to find out. got milk? the new battle in childhood obesity, chos lack milk. can you really make it healthy, will kids still drink it? tonight, the taste test. tax ma'am cometh. the irs hunted down this woman, even dip into her bank account. find out how she fought back. crucifixion controversy. meet the man who claims he may have found the nails used to hang jesus from the cross. what's fact, what's faith, who profits?
good evening. in the last two weeks, we've seen a plane blow up in mid-air, smoke in the cabin of every, air traffic controllers asleep on the job, and now this. watch it again. a road hog of a jumbo jet plows into the tail of a commuter plane. no one was hurt. but the 66 passengers that walked off that tiny plane were right to be shook up. so, tonight, we ask if air travel really is getting more dangerous, and how could this happen at one of the busiest airports in america? lisa stark is our expert on the aviation beat and she starts us off from jfk. good evening, lisa. alrea >> reporter: it's a dell cat choreography here at jfk. very busy airport. but something obviously went very wrong. one of the planes, that giant airbus a-380, was planning to take off from paris. the other, a regional jet had just landed.
both planes ended up at the same place at the same time. this was no small tap. the impact caught on video tape. watch what happens when the wing of the world's largest passenger jet rams the tail of a small plane. the small plane and the 66 on board are whipped around. >> roll the emergency trucks. we've been hit by air france. >> who is that? >> com air 553. >> okay, we are calling them. >> the plane shake very, very violently and the next thing we knew, we were told to hurry out of the plane. >> reporter: those on the air france gjumbo jet, nearly 500, also knew something was wrong. >> we felt like this. >> and then it seemed to just stop as if the pilot was putting the brakes on a bit too quick. >> reporter: the regional plane had just landed and was heading down a taxiway to its gate. sources say the pilot apparently stopped short, not pulling far
enough forward, possibly to avoid a pickoff passing in front. at precisely the same time, the a-380 was heading down an intersecting taxiway and that's when contact happened. >> i understand he believes he hit the regional jet and i understand they are evacuating the regional jet. >> reporter: the airbus a-380 stands nearly eight stories high. the wings stretch 260 feet, nearly the length of a football field. something that may have played a role in this collision with the small jet. >> the aircraft may have been pulled it off if it was anything other than the world's largest aircraft. >> reporter: and we're learning tonight that one area of the investigation may be the width of that taxiway. airports were told to widen taxiways to 100 feet wide.
jfk, other airports, got exceptions. here, that taxiway is only 75 feet wide. the question is, is that wide enough? george? >> those exceptions could be going away. okay, lisa, thank you. let me bring in jim avila now. he spent the day at a flight simulator experiencing what you can wrong when you board a plane. hey, jim. >> reporter: george, thehere's fact for you. 9.5 million commercial flights in the united states last year, and not one plane crash. none, we came to a flight simulator today to get some insight on why when it comes to air trafl and being up in the sky, it doesn't seem that facts get in the way of our fears. more than one in ten americans say they're afraid to fly. and when they feel that first jolt of tesh lenls in mid-air, that often is what sets their heart and their body ashaking. most know it's an irrational fear, unsupported by the facts, as mit airplane safety expert arnold barnett lectures about constantly. >> the jet operations of these
airlines are operated at an enormous degree of safety. >> reporter: in fact, his study on airline safety found the chance of dying on a scheduled flight, from prop planes to jetliners, in the united states is 1 in 14 million. what does that mean? at that rate, you would have to fly every day for 38,000 years before succumbing to a fatal accident. >> riding on a commercial airplane has got about the same amount of risk as riding on an escalator. >> reporter: and riding is 22 times as save as driving. still, all it takes is a series of close calls to rile up that emotional fear. the simulator is now taking us down a taxiway. and this could be the same kind of jolt that was felt by those on the crg plane last night. that would get your attention. the ntsb says 76 % of passenger do survive the most serious of
crashes. the faa's tips? make a mental note of how far away you are from the exit. sit on an aisle. and don't sleep during takeoff and landing. >> most accidents occur during the approach and landing phase. >> reporter: so that's whenner want to be alert, not sleeping? >> exactly. >> reporter: so, why are we still so afraid? professor barnett says the media is partly to blame. he studied "new york times" headlines and found that only two stories were reported. for every 1,000 plane crash fatalities, more than 138 stories were reported. george? >> that is something, jim, thank you. we're going to turn overseas now to japan, where we learned that the nuclear crisis is even worse than we thought. officials have raised the scale of the incident to the highest level, the same as chernobyl. people within a 12-mile radius of the mraent are under strict evacuation orders, but others are being told to go, too.
bob woodruff ventured into one of those towns today. bob? >> reporter: good evening, george. we just got back from this town, a place of relatively high level of radiation. and we had a chance to go in and talk to town managers. but during that interview, we felt this big aftershock, which is one reason why there is rising fear here. in this quite town, iitate, you cannot see of smell the ration yags. but it is here, we visited briefly to minimize our expos e exposure. the government has ordered those who live here to go. are they asking you to leave? "yes, the government came door to door yesterday, to tell everyone we have to leave within a month." the decision to move the evacuation zone further out from the crippled plants comes as japan and the world grasps just how serious of a leak this is -- now in the same category as
cher chernobyl. >> so i think we now have a reality check on the japanese government, which has finally acknowledged that they do not yet have a handle on this accident. they have not yet reached bottom. >> reporter: making everything worse, the aftershocks. they think it's political. whoa. one struck while we were here in iitate today, doing an interview when it hit. whoa. dairy farmer kenichi hasegawa knows it is time to go. work here is lost. lives are changing fast. are you angry about this? "i am absolute lly sickened," h told me. "i hate those nuclear plants." because of the radiation, he is not allowed to let his crows graze. and he cannot sell their milk. instead, he must dump it. this is one of japan's most beautiful places, he told us, but with radiation in the soil, he fears this could be a wasteland.
you should know people did tell us they're going to refuse to go unless they just get forced out. george? >> thank you, bob. there is word tonight that ousted egyptian president hosni hue barack suffered a heart attack while being interrogated about allegations of corruption and use of excessive force. he was rushed to a hospital. and in neighboring libya, the rebels are taking another beating tonight from gadhafi's forces. their hold on the city in the west, misrata, now in question. terry moran is there. >> reporter: gadhafi's guns pounded away again today, shelling rebel positions outside the town of ajdabiya, which has been fought over for weeks. the rebels have taken prisoners. this is cell phone video of the interrogation of an alleged algerian mercenary captured fighting for gadhafi. but out on the battlefield, they are so outgunned, this ragtag
army. and this is what passes for their weapons industry, tinkerers at a military base, scavenging old russian and chinese guns and rockets and jerry-rigging them onto pickups. this is a doorbell? and you attach this to the rocket and then you are using the doorbells to fire the rockets? homemade, it's amazing. these are the guns of freedom here. but they dream of so much more, as their top general told us. so you would like attack helicopters, like apache helicopters? yes, of course. >> reporter: they are fighting for survival out in this desert. but survival isn't enough. there is this life, their life, they fight for. the fish market has reopened in benghazi, a city that looks out onto the sparkling mediterranean sea.
people are out shopping again. and as we learned at a peaceful rally in this town this week, there is something else. >> this is the first time we taste freedom. it's beautiful. it's really delicious. tasteful, you know. >> reporter: the children will know. that is the hope here. terry moran, abc news, libya. and back here at home, football legend terry bradshaw announced today that he's suffering from what he said was a career-worth of concussions. that's left him struggling with loss of memory and hand-eye coordination. the hall of famer said he got at least six, maybe more, while quarterback for the pittsburgh steelers. he said he would take a blow to the head, quote, clear the cobwebs and go right back out on the field. but now, bradshaw is speaking out because he believes that telling his story could help other placers who suffered concussions. and still ahead on "world news," is a new form of chocolate milk the secret weapon to fighting obesity in america's schools? we put it to the test.
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some districts have banned the drink. but others have experimenting with new healthy versions. so, deborah roberts tried to find out if kids will drink them. >> reporter: it was once the sunny spot in a school kid's dreary day. >> rich and full of wonderful chocolatey taste. >> reporter: ah -- the magic of chocolate milk. that was then, this is now. with close to a third of u.s. kids overweight, nutritionists, parents and even the first lady are waging a war on childhood obesity. and the latest battle is in school lunchrooms -- over chocolate milk. >> as far as i'm concerned, chocolate milk is soda in drag. >> reporter: dietary experts like ann cooper say forget claims about vitamins and calcium. 70% of milk sold in school cafeterias is flavored and loaded with sugar and fat. >> it's just like saying kids don't have enough fruit, they don't like apples, feed them apple pie. >> reporter: so many worried
>> reporter: in an effort to reach a truce, some schools are turning to new versions of the old favorite. such as chocolate milk made with less fat and less sugar, made by dean foods. instead of high fructose corn syrup, it has sucrose made from beets. compared to a typical half pint of chocolate milk, the new kind has just 150 calories and 22 grams of sugar. why don't you both try this milk? but how does it taste? we asked some experts to tell us. >> this one. >> reporter: the one in the middle? why don't you like this one? >> it's too, like, watery. >> reporter: would you drink it? >> if they only had this. >> reporter: and the winner is? >> this one. >> reporter: this one with all the sugar. nola and lila know the real deal when they see it in tend, a reduction of calories will make a difference over time. but george, one nutritionist
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finally tonight, a sensational new claim by an emmy-award winning filmmaker has started up a new debate. alex marquardt is in tel aviv to sort through fact, fiction and salesmanship. >> reporter: jesus crown of thorns. the pieces of his cross. the cloth that covered his body when he died. for years, the world has wondered, are they holy relics or federalments of a faithful imagination? now added to that list is a new story, being spun by this man,
simcha jacko vie economy. he believes there's strong evidence that the names that pinned jesus to the cross have survived. he makes the case in a documentary which he sold to the history channel. how sure are you that these are the nails used in the crucifixion? >> i'm sure they're significant. they were found in the tomb of a man known to history for one thing and one thing only, and that is sending jesus to pilate, who sends him to the cross. he says the two roman-made nails were found in a tomb, believed by some to be the final resting place of caiaphas, a jewish high priest that the gospels say gave jesus up to the romans. >> look at this. >> reporter: he argues that the evidence is strong that these nails were for a crucifixion.
>> they are bent, which suggests they were bent so you can't pull your hand out of the wood. the head is big enough and it corresponds perfectly to the only nail we know for sure that was used. >> reporter: a leap of faith. >> i think the story here is that nails of the cross found question mark, but it's a damn important question. >> reporter: certainly an intriguing one. alex marquardt, abc news, tel aviv. >> but that's a big question mark. thanks for watching tonight. we're always on at abcnews.com. i'll see you tomorrow on "gma." for diane sawyer and all of us at abc news, have a good night.